Pregnancy scares in fiction are usually just that: scares. Late periods eventually come in, leaving our plucky heroines relieved, and perhaps a little mournful of what might have been. When an unwanted pregnancy arises, it's something a woman either comes to terms with or conveniently loses. And when she does undergo an abortion, the hero's lady love finds herself distraught at the loss, or dead from it.
That's not to say that any of these things don't happen. Every woman I know has had a pregnancy scare. Many have had miscarriages, or have decided to carry unplanned pregnancies to term. And, yes, a few women regret their abortions. But most fictional depictions of abortion are not aligned with women's real-world experiences.
Here are a few books that paint a more realistic portrait of abortion. If it isn't clear how abortion ties into the narrative of one of the novels below, it's safe to assume that talking about the procedure's role in the book would give away too much of the plot. This list is not complete, by any means, so please be sure to share your favorite novels that deal with abortion with me on Twitter.